when you focus on being yourself and doing everything you can
to make it possible for the other person to be him- or herself.
While Kirshenbaum believes beyond a doubt that everything happens for a reason, she does not promise that understanding the reason will erase any suffering that has occurred. Her plan is not cosmic accounting. Kirshenbaum does not promise that understanding why things happen will guarantee that you will gain equal to what you may have lost. Compensation is not the point; the real point is to use the lessons of the past to focus on the future. Kirshenbaum clearly presents ten inspiring scenarios of what can be.
Ultimately, Mira Kirshenbaum's Everything Happens for a Reason is one of life's wonderful surprises that she talks about in the book. Insightful, wise, and warm, the book can help us all find the often elusive reasons behind seminal events in our lives. I walked away from this book with courage, curiosity and a sense of peace about my own life's challenges -- past, present and future. It's a marvelous book!
Katie Engen contributed to this book review.